Ascent of Hamburg Mountains High Point on 2004-03-14

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Sunday, March 14, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hamburg Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1495 ft / 455 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the two possible Hamburg Mountain highpoints, starting from the northern junction of NJ 23 and CR 517, go north on CR 517 for 1.6 miles. Turn right (E) onto Sand Pond Road, and drive 1.2 miles on the progressively rougher, but passable to passenger cars, road to a substantial pulloff on the right, just before a posted, but usually open, gate. The gate is at the fork of two track roads shown on the Hamburg 7.5' topo just west of Lake Wildwood.

The lake and surrounding developments are private property, but the road to the north, taken from the fork just beyond the gate, is at the edge of a state wildlife management area, whose signs can be seen in the woods just north of the road. Follow the road to a fork (not shown on the map) due south of the westernmost 1480+ ft. knob, then head NE on a woods road not shown on the topo. When the mood strikes, bushwhack up the obvious knob to a poorly defined summit. From there, I bushwhacked ESE to spot elevation 1476', then bushwhacked SSE to spot elevation 1495', the second prominence point. I was there in March, but woods are fairly open, and the bushwhacking should not be too bad, even in summer. Distance between each of the knobs is about 1/3 mile. To return, drop into the saddle between s.e. 1476 and 1495 and take a woods road downhill a short way, then head WNW along the base of the 1476' knob until you pick up a woods road heading west that ends before reaching the road between knobs 1476 and 1495. Soon the lake comes into view, and you will drop down along the NW shore and pick up the road leading back to the parking area. The entire circuit should take about 1 1/2 hours, tops.

You will see some generic postings as you hike from knob to knob, and apparently private property and the wildlife management area intermingle. Based on my experience in NJ, I do not think that hikers will attract much negative attention.

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